When it finally comes time for you to get your own place, you're going to want to have people over every once in a while. In order to keep them coming back, you'll need to keep them entertained while they're there.
We all know that true friendships are based on the cool shit our friends have, so unless you want to be lonely for the rest of your life you'll need to make your bachelor pad the cool place to be. Whether you're entertaining your buddies or that girl at the gym, these are the five essentials every guy should have in his apartment.
In college you can get away with having a disgusting broken-down futon in your room and calling in a legitimate piece of furniture. You can't do this once you actually have a job and can afford to buy something decent. Granted, furniture is expensive, but it's definitely an investment worth making considering how much time you're going to spend on your couch or how long you're going to have it.
Think about how much you're willing to spend on a car and then remember which one you're more willing to spend all day sitting in. Besides, you'll probably keep your couch longer anyway. When picking out your furniture you don't want to choose something ridiculous, but don't make it too simple either. You're buying furniture that reflects your personality, not something for your grandma's house. Something comfortable and fun-looking will draw people (especially ladies) to sit and stay longer.
A Giant Television
When I think America I think fast food, Viagra, Monday Night Football, and ridiculously large televisions. Interestingly enough, almost all of these things will eventually find themselves in your bachelor pad at some point. The most important for impressing your friends (when combined with Monday Night Football) is the TV. Ladies probably won't get as giddy as your buddies when they walk in and see the monstrosity hanging on your wall, but they still know how to appreciate tons of pixels and a high refresh rate. Besides, you'll look like quite the gentleman when you invite them to a high-def viewing of The Notebook. Just make sure that you don't double-book your Monday night - especially if your TV is the biggest out of all your friends.
This will sufficiently solve the problem of what to do with your friends when there's nothing good on television. I mean what else are you supposed to do? Talk? Yeah right. You'll want a good mix of sporty/violent games for the guys and, just in case some of your lady friends want to pretend they can play too, some cute ones like Mario Kart and Nintendogs and Hannah Montana: The Movie (or whatever girl games are out there these days). Of course there are some girls out there who will cry foul and say they love video games just as much as guys do. You should never trust these girls. They are robots.
A Sound System
Have you ever gone to a party that didn't have any music playing? Did you stay? Well would you have stayed if your cute lab partner wasn't there? Fine but you wouldn't have stayed very long. Trust me, parties with no music are super boring. That's why you should get a kick ass sound system for your bachelor pad. During parties you can play all the current hits for your friends to drunkenly pretend to know the lyrics to, during movies you can make the explosions shake the building, and when you bring your ex-lab partner back to your room you can set the mood. You can't go wrong with amazing sound.
Let's face it - young people love to drink. Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said "work hard, play harder" and drinking heavily is the epitome of playing harder. Much like college parties, if you expect people to show up to your bachelor pad party you're going to need a fully stocked fridge. They may be your friends but that doesn't necessarily mean they won't ditch you and head to a bar. Oh yeah, and you can't get away with buying the cheap stuff anymore. You're an adult now, so you have to pretend like your tastes have refined and that Sam Adams tastes so much better than Bud Light. The point is, a full fridge means happy guests and happy guests means something equally as positive. Just make sure your buddies save some booze for the girls. You'll want to make sure they have all they need.
What do you think should be essential to a bachelor pad?